Product Description: This DLV Flyer’s Knife is an extremely fine example, with a lot going for it. The plated blade grades excellent plus, with nice luster. There are normal runner marks, as well as light spotting and freckling, but no damage. The reverse of the blade is neatly etched on the ricasso with the attractive maker logo of the firm of Gebr. Heller, in Marienthal. The blue leather buffer pad is present. The handle on this knife is gorgeous. The silver-plated fittings boast full original finish, with lovely patina and even a hint of rainbow toning. The black enamel in the swastika emblem is perfect. The leather cover to the grip retains full original color and virtually all of the original surface, with minimal wear. The tip of the crossguard is stamped “K.” This DLV Flyer’s Knife is complete with its original scabbard. It’s well marked on the throat, with a DLV propeller emblem, a Waffenamt acceptance stamp with the number “96,” and “KI. 196.” The scabbard has silver-plated fittings that match the grip, and shows only light surface wear to the leather. The plated scabbard fittings show no wear, and beautiful patina. The integral dark blue leather hanger grades excellent, and shows light wear, with normal age patina to the nickel-silver retaining planchet and unmarked functional spring clip. It would be hard to find a nicer example of this scarce and desirable dagger type. The condition of this one rates as excellent.
Historical Description: The Deutscher Luftsportverband (DLV) was an organization created by the NSDAP in March 1933. The “Sport” in the name helped to conceal the fact that the DLV were not really a sport organization, but rather was made up of units that conducted military flight training- specifically, the training of military pilots, contravening the Treaty of Versailles stipulation that Germany was not to have any air force. The head of the DLV was Hermann Göring, and Ernst Röhm was the deputy chief. The organization was formed from a number of pre-existing flight clubs. The various SA “Fliegersturm” units were disbanded, and their personnel rolled into the DLV, with an increased focus on military style flight training rather than air sports. The DLV was a uniformed organization, and wore uniforms similar to that of the SA, but with distinctive insignia and rank structure. In 1937, the DLV was disbanded; the successor organization was the Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps (NSFK).
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